Piece and Quilt with Precuts

If you follow me on Instagram then you have seen some sneak peaks of the quilt I’m about to show here.  It is called Starstruck and is a pattern in Christa Watson’s new book “Piece and Quilt with Precuts

Let me tell you how I started with all this.  As soon as I found out I was to be part of the book tour Blog Hop I went through all the quilts in the book looking for one that would just call to me.  ALL OF THEM CALLED TO ME!!!    So I called my mom.  I hadn’t made a quilt for her in a while.  I’m not one to surprise people with quilts because I want to make exactly what they want.  So what did my mom want?  Starstruck.  AND she wanted it exactly as Christa had done in the book.

Luckily I had a stack of 12 fat quarters that fit the bill for the light fabrics needed for the quilt.  I took one each of the colors with me to my local quilt store with two friends and we searched for the 12 dark fabrics.  Christa’s quilt is very neutral with white, light grey, and tan for the lights and dark grey, brown, and black for the dark.  Do you want to know something though?  Colors can be a neutral.  I just had to add some color to this!  So some of my black fabrics became navy and a really deep plum.

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The piecing of the quilt went quickly.  Christa’s book uses precuts for all the quilts, and this one was fat quarters.  I made a what I thought was going to be a huge mistake by purchasing 1/4 yards instead of fat quarters for the dark fabrics, but I was able to cut all the pieces I needed.

I spent an evening and the following morning laying out all my stars, looking for the best arrangements of lights to dark and am so happy with the way it came out.

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Now to the true test of my quilting capabilities.  The book has 11 quilt patterns and 18 quilting motifs.  Christa walks you through a quilting motif for each quilt in wonderful detail and encourages you to mix and match the motifs to make the quilt your own.  Quilting is where I feel less confident in my abilities, but take a look at how this turned out.

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This is a free motion design called loops and stars, with instructions on how to quilt other motifs.  Soon you will see a quilt on Instagram where I will use hearts in the place of the stars.  It is so easy to follow Christa’s directions and come out with some amazing quilting.  She has two other books that focus on quilting that are now on my wish list!  I also plan on taking Christa’s Craftsy classes.  I think my confidence as a quilter is going to grow a hundred fold by the time I am through.

I want to thank the budding photographer in my house who took all but the final picture in today’s blog.  Didn’t she do a fantastic job?  I spent most of the day trying to decide what to use, and well…I’m just going to add all these here.

 

 

However, here is the money shot that I took!  Taken on Aug 21st during the solar eclipse.  Can’t go wrong with an eclipse on a star!

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My goodness, I’ve had so much fun with this blog hop.  Please check out the line up for the entire hop here and check out all the fantastic interpretations of Christa’s patterns.

And don’t forget the giveaways!!!  There are a few, including 2 right here, right now from me!!!!

For a free eBook of “Piece and Quilt with Precuts” leave a comment below.  Do you like to stick to one motif when quilting or do you prefer to mix and match?  Do you use a walking foot or free motion quilt or both?  Any tips and hints for those of us who struggle a bit?  I take a piece of my back fabric, a piece of the batting, and a fabric left over from piecing the top to make a practice sandwich.  This way I can fix any thread color issues or tension issues and get a feel for the quilting motif before the needle hits the quilt itself.

You can’t Piece and Quilt with Precuts without some precuts, now can you?  So, head over to my Instagram, @lovinglylissa to find my IG give away.  Two charm packs (each with 20 fabrics) of Amy Butler’s Timeless to get you started on your own quilt!  You can’t miss the post on my feed, it’s a picture of the charm packs with “GIVEAWAY” written across it.  Instructions on how to enter will be posted under it.

Winners will be chosen when the blog hop ends on August 31st.

Also, Christa has her own shop called The Precut Store where I am positive you can find the perfect precuts to use.

Lovingly,

Lissa

Tula Tuesday – Quilt Top

It all comes together!!

First, a little note.  When you are adding the setting triangles and find you have some overhang, don’t worry.  Leave the little dog ears and keep going.  It will all work out in the end.

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Do you get nervous putting the quilt top together?  I do.  After all that work making each block, I take a deep breath with each seam and hope that it matches up.

I’m happy to say that my Fandango Quilt Top matches up wonderfully!!

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I am so thrilled!  I hope you are just as happy with your tops as you finish them.

Thank you so much for following along with me on this quilt along, but we are not done yet!  There is still quilting to do.  I will not have this quilted by next Tuesday.  It just isn’t going to happen.  I will have an update and there are so many other posts planned.

For instance;

The SewPro Star Blog hop is this week.  My post will be up on Thursday with my first ever pattern!

I am pattern testing the most adorable baby quilt and will be showcasing it here very soon

and, ofcourse,

Holiday Crafting!!!!

I hope you will continue to join me here and on instagram!!  You can find me there as @lovinglylissa

I want to send a special thank you out to my quilt top holders.  Don’t they just look thrilled to be helping their Mom?  LOL!

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Lovingly,

Lissa

Tula Tuesday – Prep Work

Here we go!  Getting all ready to make the beautiful Fandango quilt by Stacey in Stitches featuring the Slow and Steady fabric line by Tula Pink

First we have to get the templates together.  I took the pattern to a copy place and enlarged the pieces 200%

In the upper right corner of each template page you are copying is a small square.  This square should measure 2 inches by 2 inches after you enlarge the pattern.  It is REALLY, REALLY important to check and double check this before you continue copying.

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Also, Templates 2, 3 and 4 have a 6 inch measurement guide that should measure 12 inches after copying.

This measurement guide came in very helpful for me, since one of my templates didn’t overlap after I copied them.  I was able to line it up with the ruler and add a piece of paper in the gap.  You can see it above on the right.

I purchased template material at my local store, but sadly it didn’t measure big enough for template 4 so I had to tape two pieces together.

I laid the paper templates on my cutting mat and taped them down, then I laid the template acrylic on top and taped it down.  Seriously, I did a lot of taping.  In fact, the hardest part of all of this was tracking which child had taken my tape dispenser from my room!

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I used an extra fine tip sharpie to mark the templates and then a razor blade and ruler to cut along the outer lines

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The curves were done free hand, very slowly.

All cut out and I still have 10 fingers!

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The paper piecing templates were just enlarged onto 11×17 paper.  I’ve always used regular paper when I paper piece with very tiny stitches and its always just been fine.  There are two curved pieces on the original pattern and you are supposed to make 12 copies.  I couldn’t see any difference between the two, so I enlarged the top one and made 30 copies (24 plus extras for mistakes)

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I am looking forward to playing with the fabrics this week!  We are cutting the fabric next, but will be sewing soon!

Are there any tips in prepping that you used?  Feel free to share them here and on my instagram, @lovinglylissa.

Lovingly,

Lissa

Tula Tuesdays

Have you seen the Fandango quilt kit using Tula Pink’s newest line, Slow and Steady?

It is breathtaking.  Mine arrived in the mail today.

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If the picture of the finished quilt isn’t tempting enough, look at these fabrics

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My word, I’m just drooling.  Look at these two pieces!  I think I may need some yards of these.

Let’s take a moment just to admire all of the above.

Done?  Good…down to business. (Don’t worry, you can always scroll back up to admire some more)

I’ve been looking over the directions and here are some things I want to share.

Techniques for piecing this include Foundation and Curved piecing and y-seams.  It is labelled advanced skill level.

Templates included need to be enlarged 200%.  And you will need plastic template materials.

I will be gathering all this up by next Tuesday, I hope you can too.

I’ll also be re-acquainting myself with paper piecing.  It’s been a while since I’ve done this.  The directions suggest this Paper Piecing Tutorial.

Craftsy has a nice step by step tutorial as well.

I’ve come up with a bit of a time line for this Quilt Along.  I plan on completing the steps on the following dates.  These can be subject to change as we go along.

October 4 – templates copied and prepared

October 11 – fabrics cut

October 18 – Group 1 blocks complete (steps 2-6)

October 25 – Group 2 blocks complete (steps 2-6)

November 1 –  Group 3 blocks complete (steps 2-6)

November 8 – Group 4 blocks complete (steps 2-6)

November 15 – Quilt top assembly.

December 1 for quilt finishing.

Now, this may be an ambitious timeline.  If it is, we can change it.  No worries.

I’ll be posting pictures on my Instagram, @lovinglylissa, so follow along there as well.  There will be more details and tips on the blog.

The pattern must be purchased with the kit, I will not be posting the pattern.

Everyone ready to dive in?

Let’s go!

Lovingly,

Lissa

 

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